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Project by Dan Lyke posted 2692 days ago 2378 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little cord organizer/end table that I built mostly out of stock pulled from the discard bin. Oak legs, poplar sides, birch ply top and shelf with birch edging. The back half of the top lifts off to conceal a power strip with wall warts and various stuff plugged into it, and the notches and holes are there to run the plugs for cell phones &c. up through the top.

The bottom shelf holds the big digital SLR and rechargeable drill chargers.

The legs are tapered and rounded. I… uh… I guess the euphemism is “learned a lot”, but it’s a lot better than what we had, and a good start towards figuring out what we’d really like to have there.

A few more notes over on my wiki

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2692 days ago

how exciting to have saved the wood and given it a new life—and a functional one at that!!
excellent.
I’d like to see the inside.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#2 posted 2692 days ago

Interesting project, and welcome to LumberJocks. I hope we can see more of your work, and as I stated on your first blog, learn more about you.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 2692 days ago

Debbie, there’s nothing cosmic there, but I’ve added a picture of the inside to my page for this on my own web site. Alas, it shows up one of the flaws in the piece, that that stock for the legs wasn’t square and I wasn’t up to the task of making the side miters match so I just let the biscuits take up the slack, but we’ll just keep that between us.

Don, thanks for the welcome! As I just wrote on my blog here (I’ve had a “blog” since early 1998, and a web site of some sort since 1994, and a BBS before that, and I now have several, so I have to distinguish which one), it’s kind of strange developing an identity in a new forum, especially since I’m relatively new to woodworking and since whatever identity I build here will be centered around that new hobby. I’ve slapped together my share of shelves, but I’m trying to do more than that now, and given that the fifty some-odd thousand hits on Google when you search for my name are based on all of the other things I’ve done, but not woodworking, my identity here will develop itself slowly.

So if you want to learn more about me… well… in this context, I’m still learning about me. And that’s really my first project of note. More as I build ‘em.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Steelwinky

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#4 posted 2692 days ago

Very nice, and what a great idea.

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2692 days ago

ah I love this—we have 2 camera battery chargers, 3 cell phones, and a Palm Pilot that are plugged in on a regular basis and the chargers/cords are extremely annoying.
This is BRILLIANT. Yup… it’s going on my list.

(and I won’t tell a soul about the biscuits. My lips are sealed… oh and my fingers as well)

I love self-discovery. I’ll be watching your journey with interest.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 2692 days ago

Welcome, glad to see your project. Looking forward to seeing your growth as a “woodworker”.

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Bill

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#7 posted 2691 days ago

A nice looking table. And to think, that was from your scrap bin. I want to look through that scrap bin for some of my projects! I might be able to build a complete patio set then! haha

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dan Lyke

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#8 posted 2691 days ago

Yeah, I’m totally into raiding scrap bins, ‘cause other people know what lumber to buy, whereas up ‘til recently my stuff has been Home Despot el-cheapo birch veneer ply and similar.

In fact, my sweety was a nanny for many many years, and last night we went to a martial arts advancement ceremony for one of her former charges, and as the assorted graduates were breaking pieces of wood as a part of their trials for the next belt, we turned to each other and said “we should grab those scraps, we could make boxes out of ‘em”.

Alas, in the post event excitement, we got out without a bag full of pine scraps that, at the very least, would have been good for things like blade height checks. We may have to go back for the next one.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 2691 days ago

You know you are a lumberjock when you steal the boards from the karate show.

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2690 days ago

hahaha yup… sure sounds like a pair of LumberJocks hahaa too funny

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#11 posted 2690 days ago

Nice…. You know you’re a lumberjock when you go to karate demostrations for the wood!... Dennis, add that one to the list!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2655 days ago

My daughter -in-law was asking for a box to hold all the chargers they have around the house and I remembered such a project here at LJ.
A quick search and voila!!

Gee.. these seems like another Table Challenge Entry that is already complete!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dan Lyke

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#13 posted 2655 days ago

Grin. Yeah, but there’s a lot about the Thorsen table that’s very different from this one, if I were doing my take on the Thorsen table it might end up looking like this, but I’d want pinned tenons holding the sides to the legs, and while I might put a curve in the legs to break it out of strict Craftsman style, it wouldn’t be tapered like this one.

But with a May 31st deadline and taxes almost out of the way, maybe I can put together something in the last half of April and use May for finishing…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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coolbreeze

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#14 posted 2290 days ago

Pretty table. Ever thought about making an entire piece from small scraps? Sounds like a LJ competition! Pieces no more than 2×4x4 (or something) any variety…howbout it? I’m thinking end grain masterpiece;)

-- Jason, AL

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Douglas Krueger

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#15 posted 2281 days ago

Dan, what a great idea that would apply to darn near everyone here, it sure does me and I am definitely going to take the idea and run with it. It will be so nice to gather all of the numerous chargers and cords and put theim all under one ‘roof’. Thanks for the motivation.

It should be noted that chargers are actually small step-down voltage transformers which are inherently exothermic. Putting a few together in an enclosed space will generate a bit of hit and a ventilation system would not be a bad idea.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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